Postpaid Mobile Phone Subscriptions in Oman Up By 9.7 Percent by end 2023
Muscat: Statistics issued by the National Center for Statistics and Information indicated an increase in postpaid mobile phone subscriptions by 9.7 percent by the end of 2023, reaching 1,785,870 subscriptions.
The number of prepaid mobile phone subscriptions also increased by 1.5 percent to reach 5,198,956 subscriptions. Among these subscriptions were 3,934,719 subscriptions from operators and 1,264,237 subscriptions from resale. This represented an increase in the total number of mobile phone subscriptions by 3.5 percent by the end of 2023.
The total number of mobile phone subscriptions (postpaid and prepaid) reached 6 million 984 thousand and 826 subscriptions. The number of active mobile broadband subscriptions recorded an increase of 5.5 percent until the end of December 2023 compared to the same period in 2022. Fixed Internet service subscriptions also recorded an increase of 4.6 percent to reach 563,708 subscriptions compared to the same period in 2022. The total subscriptions to fixed broadband service (more than 256 KB/s) amounted to about 561,983 subscriptions by the end of 2023, an increase of 4.7 percent compared to the end of 2022, while the number of subscriptions via low-speed Internet (less than 256 KB/s) decreased. Which includes telephone calls and some rented Internet lines at a rate of 0.1 percent, reaching 1,725 subscriptions.
Statistics indicated an increase in the number of fixed-line telephone subscriptions by the end of 2023 by 2.9 percent to reach 579,270 subscriptions compared to the end of 2022. With regard to analogue fixed-line telephone subscriptions, which include prepaid and post-paid, their number decreased by the end of 2023 by 4.8 percent to reach 225,416 subscriptions compared to the same period of the previous year, and the number of fixed-line telephone subscriptions connected to Internet Protocol technology reached 296,628 subscriptions during same period; Recording an increase of 10.3 percent compared to the end of 2022.
The Muscat Governorate ranked first in the number of analogue fixed telephone lines with a rate of 68 percent at the end of 2023, followed by the Dhofar Governorate in second place with a rate of 7.9 percent, while the North Al Batinah Governorate recorded a rate of 7.4 percent, and the percentage of lines in the remaining governorates reached 16.7 percent.
The statistics showed that the number of subscriptions to digital network channels for integrated services recorded a decrease of 0.1 percent by the end of 2023 to reach 49 thousand and 722 subscriptions corresponding to the same period in 2022, while the number of fixed wireless subscriptions decreased by 18.8 percent to reach 703 subscriptions compared to the year 2022, while The number of public phone subscriptions stabilized at 6,800.
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